Sale prompts a chain reaction

Aldi WA managing director Viktor Jakupec said the acquisition of 11 specialty shops and IGA off Stirling Highway was an �exciting step forward� in its target to open 20 stores in WA between June and December 2016.

Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins said the sale prompted an �urgent� recommendation to start future planning for the shopping centre and its surrounds at Council this month.

Woolworths� second application to rezone the surrounding Captain Stirling site was rejected at a City of Nedlands meeting on December 16.

�The same difficulties of access (why we rejected the Woolworths application) apply to the Aldi site,� Mr Hipkins said.

�Development is inevitably going to happen, so this sale has forced our hand in ensuring the whole area is appropriately planned.

�It has been suggested that the State Government could overrule us in a similar way as they did to Subiaco with 16 storeys at Pavilion Markets. We have that at the back of our minds � the ultimate objective is to remain in control.�

Mr Hipkins said the council and community campaign group Nedsavers would work together to achieve a strong local planning strategy.

Nedsavers co-ordinator Barry Nunn said he wanted to see Aldi build a modest development that advanced the village hub.

�The overriding thing is that we can�t have an immense scale that will overwhelm local traffic,� Mr Nunn said.

Nedlands will make the final decision on its planning strategy for the Captain Stirling site at a meeting next week.